for me i noticed a difference pretty much right away, but i think its different for everyone. my experience was that before metformin, i could exercise and watch my diet relentlessly for weeks and weeks and nothing would happen. now that i'm on metformin, when i do what i'm supposed to do, i lose weight. it has still been very slow, but i have been able to maintain keeping the weight off and slowly getting the number on the scale down.
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I just started Metformin Thursday. Not sure exactly how it all works yet, but hoping for good results. I got final diagnosis of PCOS Thursday also. 31 and no children yet. I need to lose a good 80+ pounds to be at a healthy weight. I am pretty active and am learning to eat better every day. Although new to the team, I am not new to spark people.
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I was diagnosed with PCOS back in 2008 and put on Metformin. I started on 500mg twice a day, and was then upped to 1000 mg twice a day. I was able to lose 90 pounds over the course of 2 years. (combined with exercise, and eating the proper amount of calories.) I got pregnant (surprise!) last year and just started back on the Metformin last month.
I think for me it's safer to say that it's not that the Met helps me lose weight, as much as it helps to prevent me from gaining weight. Before the met, I was either actively trying to lose, or I was gaining, there was no such thing as maintaining in my world. Once I started taking the Met, If I was actively trying to lose weight I would. If I wasn't I would at least maintain.
It also helped me with bingeing. Pre-Met I would eat a lot of junk food, which would make my sugar and insulin do wacky things, which would ultimately make my blood sugar drop which would make my body tell me I was starving. It was a very vicious cycle.
If you want to lose weight I recommend exercise and staying within a calorie range along with the Metformin. I also recommend the Insulin Resistance diet as a rough guideline. (Basically, always pair your carbs with protein, and try to limit yourself to 30g of carbs within a 2 hour timeline). Eat small frequent meals rather than big ones, and lean more towards complex carbs (instead of simple).
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Im new to this group, i just got diagnosed with pcos and was put on metformin, so far it makes me feel ok but im only on 500 mg once a day to see how it works for me and then go from there. I was just wondering what to expect in the first couple weeks and if it does actually help with weight loss at all, because like many woman i have gained alot of weight due to my pcos. Thanks
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